What family is complete without pets? Pets give us a completely unique brand of companionship and love and are a best friend for the whole family. Their antics brings us joy and even when they mean that a speaker cable gets chewed through, a skirting board gets scratched or a favorite rug is soiled, it’s hard to stay mad at those fluffy, fuzzy bundles of joy. If you or your children are fairly new to pet ownership you may not be aware of how the different seasons may affect your pets. However, pets are prone to many of the same conditions as our kids, the difference, of course, is that they can’t tell us about it. As spring rolls into summer it’s time to keep an eye out for the seasonal conditions that could compromise the health of your pets and possibly even be fatal.
Protecting Your Pets This Spring and Summer
To protect your pets this spring, keep an eye out for the following seemingly innocuous but potentially dangerous spring hazards.
Yup, dogs and cats get allergies just like humans. House cats may be less but cats who are allowed to roam may be affected by hay fever and if you walk your dog in a grassy area regularly they will almost certainly be affected. Like humans, different animals have different tolerances to pollen but if your pet shows any of these symptoms they may require hay fever treatment like Benadryl for dogs. Unlike humans, pets may not sneeze excessively when they get hay fever. They will likely get runny eyes and nose and a rash around the muzzle. They may also get thin or patchy fur where they have been scratching the rash.
With spring in full bloom, you and many of your neighbors will likely be seeding your lawn with new grass seeds. Unfortunately, if your dog is given free reign in the back garden these new grass seeds can be incredibly dangerous for them. Grass seeds are sharp and sometimes barbed and can not only burrow through the skin but through the wall of the chest and into the body cavity where they can cause potentially fatal damage. Dogs have incredibly efficient immune systems and will treat the grass seed as an infection. When it doesn’t just die and go away like a bacterium, the dogs immune system will respond with more and more inflammation which could have extremely severe consequences.
Fleas are a nuisance for pet owners all year round but they can be especially bold in spring. Once they invade your home they can live for up to three months even without a host. Ridding your house of a flea infestation can be a disruptive and costly experience so be sure to take preventative measures. Make sure your dog or cat wears a flea repellent collar when they go outside and combine this with a topical treatment.
What says spring more eloquently than a home filled with bouquets of gorgeous fresh flowers? Just remember that if you own a cat, there’s no place in your home for lillies. These pretty flowers are toxic to all pets but are especially deadly when consumed by cats. The petals, leaves, stems and pollen are all equally harmful.
Have a wonderful spring and summer, filled with memorable times with your happy, healthy pets!